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What's Herstory?

Suggested reading for Women's History Month

Why do we celebrate Women's History Month? Well, why do we learn history? To help us build a better future. It's important we learn every side of history, and that includes the roles of women and their influence on the present. Below, I have compiled a small list of books that everyone should read, especially during Women's History Month. Not only are these books informative, but you will enjoy every word as well. Happy Women's History Month and enjoy!

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Defiant Damsels of Historical Fiction

These gritty grrrls defy the damsel in distress trope!

Young people's literature is filled with characters of emotional depth and range, internal conflict, conviction, and courage that impressionable young girls can relate to and/or draw inspiration from. As this is the season for doling out awards to film, TV, and books, I am sharing my favorite historical fiction books teeming with gritty grrrls and intrepid womenfolk who defy the "damsel in distress" trope despite their complicated circumstances.

11/22/63 by Stephen King

What if Kennedy Hadn't Been Assassinated?

...and Other Presidential Alternate Histories

With Hulu’s new miniseries, 11.22.63, premiering this month, viewers have a chance to see a JJ Abrams-produced adaptation of Stephen King’s acclaimed novel about a man who travels back in

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A Hamilton Read-Along

Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?

If you are reading this article, then you have probably heard about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical about Alexander Hamilton, coincidentally named Hamilton. This list aims to be a perfect companion to your listening experience, whether you are on your first listen or your 100th (like a certain Read Feed contributor). The list follows the Hamilton musical and its characters.

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Books So Thick You Could Build a House with Them

But really you should read them instead

What better to prepare for those longer, colder nights than with an epically long read. These books will keep you going if you happen to be snowed in; you might find you even them so much, you’ll find yourself forgetting how long they are.

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Zelda Fitzgerald

A Life of "What Ifs"

I  first read Great Gatsby when I was about 12, and it continues to captivate me, along with the lives of F.

Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

Nontraditional and Untold: Unusual WWII Stories

I usually hate World War II books -- but here are some you should definitely read

With the recent popularity of (Pulitzer-winning) All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, I've been thinking about other novels that take place during or immediately following World War II.

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Fiction by Women of Color

Books similar to "The Lowland", "Americanah", and "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie"

One of our regular patrons belongs to a book club that reads books authored by women of color. Her turn to choose a book for the club was coming up, so I gave her some choices similar to a few of her favorite titles.  Below is that list for you to enjoy. Similar to The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

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Only the Strong Survive

Resilience as a defining character trait in fiction

This list came out of a reference question that I got recently -- a patron I've gotten to know over the years asked for books about people dealing with hard situations -- and doing something about them. The question bounced around in my head for a few days.  She was graciously willing to wait for an emailed list, since it was the end of the day when she asked the question...and it finally hit me. She wanted books about survivors. Not quite Robinson Crusoe, but someone who navigated the mess of the world and came out better for it.

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Introspective Tearjerkers

These books will hit you 'right in the feels'

Summer can be all about fun, flirty or "light" reading, but sometimes you just long for something different. There are so many novels that have heart -- they make us laugh and cry -- but the joy that comes from these authors' writing is that by making us feel so deeply about them, it makes both the illustrative content of the writer as well as our own world that much brighter. If you are looking for a different flavor - maybe something a little heavier or a book that dares to be moody - why not try these suggestions?

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